Fish Folk Posted February 3, 2022 Share Posted February 3, 2022 Let me ask you all for help thinking something through . . . help a NERM organize some tanks, plans, etc. I've been starting to sell off some fish, and reorganize a few tanks lately. As this process goes, inevitably a few empty tanks start emerging. Typically, I just leave these empty until some impulse buy suddenly brings me home with a bag of random fish. But I'm interested in trying something a bit better. I have a 33 gal long on a cabinet with two 5.5 gal tanks down under inside: Now, the 33 gal. has been my Emerald Killifish colony tank. I have had fun with the Killis, and feel like it would be possible to dedicate all of this water to them -- the 33 gal for colony, and the two 5.5 gals. for breeding / grow-out. Here's one of my Scheeli males with a ton of live brine shrimp floating around. Right now, I've got a separate 2.5 gal. that I grow out fry in, and a 10 gal that I breed the Scheeli in: So . . . either I keep the little 5.5 gal tanks under the cabinet with this same project, or I try a separate thing. I've considered neocaridinas. I do enjoy shrimp! But I am not nearly as into them as others. Plus I have these occasions where they all just crash. I have considered Bettas. But all I'd want to do is successfully breed them, and that gets me into jugs / separate housing . . . and I'm not sure if I feel like that right now. I definitely want to try breeding fish, but there are so few fish you can really breed in such a tiny environment. Basically . . . Killis are the best option. Which brings me to this: Nothobranchius rachovii. Commonly called the "Bluefin Notho." I've never kept these before. They are notoriously difficult to maintain in an aquarium. African Killis (annuals), they live these short life bursts of 6-12 months, and deposit eggs in dirt that must be kept dry for a long period before hatching out in water. These truly are the orchids of the Aquarium Hobby. Has anyone on the Forum kept and bred them here? I guess I'm part-mesmerized and part-worried this could just be a mad rabbit hole. Jimmy filmed this lovely Nano series a couple years ago, and I'm linking it here because I think he well-expresses the fascination that they inspire: My friend and fellow PVAS Club Member made this very factual introductory video to Killis. I appreciate him, and got into Scheeli thanks to his help: This interview video with retired Killifish legend Franz Vermeulen is very touching. Such a fascinating passion: I've uploaded a few free books to the Forum on Killifish. They can be viewed here, and here. Do I want to go down this annual Killi rabbit hole? Or just stay with the Scheeli, and open up the current 10 gal breeding tank for another small project? 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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